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Elko District Office
Release Date: 01/24/12
Contacts: Lesli Ellis , 775-753-0386 ,
News Release No. 2012-012

BLM releases Environmental Assessment on Spruce Mountain Restoration

ELKO, Nev. – The Bureau of Land Management, Elko District, Wells Field Office’s Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Spruce Mountain Restoration Project is now available for public review until March 2.

The project, proposed on public land south of Wells, Nev., is needed to reduce expansion of pinyon-juniper woodlands, invasive weeds and hazardous fuels; restore previous wildfire damage, healthy forests, rangelands and wildlife habitat and protect historic pinyon-juniper woodlands and cultural resources. Various treatment types are analyzed in the EA including prescribed fire, hand thinning, mastication, herbicide application and seeding.

Public scoping for this project was initiated in January 2011. The BLM incorporated comments received during the public scoping process and developed a proposed action and alternatives for the restoration project.

The EA is available for public review online at, under NEPA, Projects under National Environmental Policy Act review. Hardcopies are available upon request from the Elko District Office. Comments can be sent to: Bureau of Land Management, Attn: Matt Murphy, 3900 E. Idaho Street, Elko, NV 89801; faxed to (775) 753-0315; or emailed to Following this review period, BLM will issue a proposed and final decision.

Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, please be advised that your entire comment- including your personal identifying information- may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold from public review your personal identifying information, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2013, the BLM generated $4.7 billion in receipts from public lands.

Elko District Office   3900 E. Idaho St.      Elko, NV 89801  

Last updated: 02-03-2012